Mosaic depicting legendary Greek gods uncovered by amateur archaeologists

Aris Folley,

A mosaic depicting some of history's most iconic heroes was unearthed by archaeologists in Great Britain.  

The 1,600-year-old mosaic was found inside the ruins of a Roman villa that depicts the Greek gods Hercules, Cupid and mythological hero Bellerophon, who was known as the greatest hero before Hercules came along.

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Excavators from Cotswold Archaeology, alongside Boxford History Project and the Berkshire Archeology Research Group, made the discovery.  

It was found in the West Berkshire village of Boxford. 

They also found a large villa with a bath house in 2015, as well as the remains of a farm in 2016, but the recent mosaic discovery was very unexpected.

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Roman expert Neil Holbrook said that whoever's home it was, they wanted “ project an image of themselves as a cultivated person of taste – someone familiar with classical mythology and high Roman culture,” according to a report in Cotsworld Archaeology.

Mosaic expert Anthony Beeson also says, “This is without question the most exciting mosaic discovery made in Britain in the last 50 years and must take a premier place amongst those Romano-British works of art that have come down to modern Britons.”